I've been reading through the threads on this site today and am finding it all very useful; so thanks is advance.
A lil' about my situation:
Having worked one year full-time after graduating last year, I decided to quit before I got in too deep and go and travel. Afterall, I'm going to be working for the rest of my life, so, may as well enjoy myself while im still young-ish!!
I'm planning on setting off around Feb 09, and am travelling with my best mate. We have never travelled before, and have vague route in mind: London - Thailand - Sydney - Fuji - Home.
We have free accomodation while in Sydney, and are playing travelling through the Gulf coast [renting a car and exploring most of oz]. So, I'm guessin that this'll be the most expensive part of the trip?
We only plan on travelling for 4 months or so, cos I think that's all we can budget for. We both start our "proper" jobs in Sept 09 so we would like to travel for as long as possible. But, given our limited budget, we both kinda though that camp America was a good way to extend our adventures. I've done it before and loved it, and it also means we can leave travelling in USA for the month after camp. Though, having said that, does any body know of any other good working holiday programs?? As cool as camp was, I'd quite like to try something new!
Our budget each is going to be around 4-5 thousand pounds. I'm hoping this'll be enough for 4 months travelling?!
So, what's the best RTW agent to book a flight intinery such as ours with?? I know the usual sites, i.e. Travel nation, STA, etc. Is there any I should particularly look into? Also, I'm assuming a RTW package option is going to be better than a single outbound flight?
A round the world ticket would probably work out to be the cheapest option. I booked a RTW ticket with flight center and it was really good value. I had a fixed ticket meaning I had to state exactly when I wanted to travel and if I changed I would be fined. This did however mean I got a better deal as I stayed to the dates I specified. My ticket was also good because flight center gave me 29,000 air miles to use how I wanted as long as flight time tables/flight paths allowed me to travel. I stuck to a route based on one outlined at STA Travel but adjusted it slightly to include Japan. This cost me about £1300 including tax. I think this is an awesome price to fly around the world. I see adverts for air fares to New York from London from £749 and laugh.
I travelled for 4 months to and covered a lot of ground including SE Asia. I spent about £6000 but totally depends on what you get up to. I remember thinking Australia was quite expensive. If you can fit in a boat trip around the Whitsunday Islands for a couple of days it is well worth it.
Ive recently booked my RTW with STA (fly Man-Hong Kong, overland to Singapore, Sing-Sydney, Sydney-Christchurch, overland to Auckland, Auckland-Fiji, Fiji-LA, LA-NYC, NYC-MAN) I paid £1600.
I'm taking a year so I can work for around 6 months in OZ to help fund the USA leg of my trip.
I know a few people who have done camp america at the begining or end of their trip and I think its a fab idea. Although I dont know of anyother programmes for you to try other than working in OZ.
Good luck with what you decide!
Just thought I'd keep ya informed on my plans:
A mate and I booked with Travel Nation on Saturday. Our itinery is:
London - Bangkok - Sydney - Christchurch surface to Auckland - Fiji - LA - London.
We got it for £1288 [and threw threw in our Australian Visa for free]. They were v.helpful.
Jet off at start of Feb: very exciiited! We shall be travelling for 4 months, returning home to London briefly only to jet off to coach football for 9 weeks at Camp USA and then travel the states for a month thereafter. We have budgeted 4-5 thousand pounds for the initial 4 months part - thoughs?
Any must-see spots?
Hope i can be like that too, quit the job and travel with friends. It sounds great!@ haha!Enjoy,